Ukrainian captain of r/v Teknik Perdana charged with illegal sailing in Venezuelan waters
Multinational crew includes Brit, Brazilian, Indo, French, Malaysian, Russian, Ukraine and US nationalities
CARACAS - The Ukrainian captain of an oil research ship detained by the Venezuelan navy is being charged with illegally sailing in Venezuela's maritime economic zone — waters that are disputed with neighboring Guyana. The federal prosecutor's office said Igor Bekirov was to appear in a court on Oct 14.
The other 35 crew members, including five U.S. citizens, remain in custody. The ship arrived under navy escort Sunday at Margarita Island off Venezuela's Caribbean coast. The ship's crew also includes 2 Britons, 2 Russians, 1 Frenchman, 5 Ukrainians, 2 Brazilians, 5 Malaysians and 14 Indonesians.
JORGE RUEDA Associated Press
Venezuelan Navy hijacked research vessel Teknik Perdana, Guyana
October 11, 2013
GEORGETOWN (GINA) -- The Government of Guyana was informed that at approximately 16:00 hrs on Thursday 10th October, 2013 a Venezuelan Navy frigate, the “Yakuana”, was trailing the seismic vessel, the RV Teknik Perdana which is under contract with Anadarko.
The frigate obstructed the research vessel's passage, requested them to change course and stop surveying. As is known, Anadarko has a petroleum prospecting licence to search for hydrocarbons in the Roraima block offshore Guyana.
The crew of the RV Teknik Perdana explained to the crew of the Venezuelan frigate that they were conducting a multi-beam survey of the seafloor in Guyana’s exclusive economic zone.The Venezuelan frigate insisted that the vessel was doing such work in Venezuela’s exclusive economic zone and instructed that the vessel switch off its engines and shut down its seismic equipment.
At about 17:45 hrs the Venezuelan Frigate ordered the RV Teknik Perdana, which was then located at 10 21.0745 N, 57 31.1057W to travel at 5 knots in a westerly direction.At approximately 20:30 hrs, the crew of the RV Teknik Perdana was instructed to increase speed to 7 knots and was given directions to sail to the island of Margarita in Venezuela.It was then clear that the vessel and its crew were under arrest. These actions by the Venezuelan frigate are unprecedented in Guyana Venezuela relations.
Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (APC) - the third-largest independent U.S. oil and natural gas producer.
Research vessel Teknik Perdana, IMO 7353999, 2270 gt, built 1974, flag Panama, manager TL GEOHYDROGRAPHICS PTE LTD, Singapore.